The sports wrap Monday, 29 July

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Egan Bernal celebrates his Tour de France victory with team-mate Geraint Thomas at the finish line in Paris

Bernal becomes first Colombian to win the Tour

Egan Bernal became the first Colombian and the youngest rider in 110 years to win the Tour de France when he crossed the finish line on stage 21 in Paris on Sunday evening. With the race leader not challenged on the processional final stage, 22-year-old Bernal left France still waiting for its first champion since 1985 after Julian Alaphilippe faded on Saturday having worn the Yellow Jersey for 14 days.  Bernal crossed the line in the peloton, hand-in-hand with his Ineos team-mate and last year’s winner Geraint Thomas, who finished second this time. Australia’s Caleb Ewan won the traditional sprint finish on the Champs-Elysees, timing his charge to the line to perfection, edging out Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen to win his second stage on his debut Tour. Welshman Thomas went into the three-week race as joint leader with Bernal

The Tour de France dream ends for Julian Alaphilippe after wearing the Yellow Jersey for 14 days

but his preparations were disrupted when he crashed while travelling at around 50mph in the Tour de Suisse in June. He had to abandon that week-long race and then he had three minor crashes during this year’s Tour. Thomas led Bernal for much of the race but his team-mate was stronger in the final week in the Alps, and ended up winning by one minute 11 seconds, with Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk 20 seconds further adrift. Kruijswijk moved up to third as Alaphilippe’s bid to win the Tour disappeared on Saturday’s Alpine stage won by Vincenzo Nibali. Italian Nibali, winner of the Tour de France in 2014, was in the day’s break and attacked again on the climb to the finish at Val Thorens, winning by 10 seconds from Spain’s Alejandro Valverde. Bernal and Thomas, who won last year’s Tour, finished stage 20 a few seconds later, crossing the line arm-in-arm, with huge grins on their faces. For Alaphilippe, who finished fifth overall, there was the consolation of being named the race’s most combatitive rider, while his compatriot Romain Bardet claimed the polka dot King of the Mountains jersey.

Max Verstappen wins chaotic German Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won a wet and chaotic German Grand Prix littered with crashes and safety car periods on Sunday with Mercedes’ Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton finishing with two points after being promoted to ninth following post-race penalties against the two Alfa Romeo drivers. In a bizarre race of constantly changing fortunes, multiple pitstops and endless drama, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel started from last place and finished second in front of his home crowd at Hockenheim. Russian Daniil Kvyat was an astonishing third to hand Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso their second ever podium. “It was an amazing race to win in the end, it was really tricky out there to make the right calls, and we really had to be focused,” said Verstappen, who took the chequered flag 7.333 seconds ahead of Vettel. The

Lewis Hamilton goes off at the penultimate corner while leading the German GP at Hockenheim

race was shortened by three laps after the safety car had led the field away before a standing start. Hamilton’s closest rival and team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who had also led briefly, crashed out with six laps remaining to leave the gap between the two unchanged at 39 points after 11 of 21 races. Hamilton, who had started on pole position, was lucky to end up 11th of 14 finishers after spinning into the barriers and smashing his front wing. Mercedes,  in what looks likely to be the last German Grand Prix for some time given the race’s uncertain future, had won nine of the previous 10 races. Dutch driver Verstappen, the only man to beat them, made five pitstops on his way to his second won of the season and also spun 360 degrees in the middle of the race. There were four safety car periods.

British men shock US in men’s 4x100m medley final

Duncan Scott swam the second-fastest relay split of all time in the anchor leg of the men’s 4x100m medley in Gwangju on Sunday, overhauling his U.S. and Russian rivals to secure gold for Britain and deny Caeleb Dressel a seventh world title on the final day at the FINA World Swimming Championships. Britain’s come-from-behind victory came just before the U.S. women set a world record to win the medley relay, with Regan Smith breaking the backstroke record in the lead-off leg. Scott plunged into the pool with ground to make up on the United States after Dressel opened up a lead for Nathan Adrian with a typically blistering butterfly leg, with Russia also breathing

Britain’s medley relay team after their shock 4x100m win over the US at the FINA world championships

down the American’s neck. However, the Glasgow-born 22-year-old swam an incredible 46.14 seconds, the fastest since American Jason Lezak’s 46.06 at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, to run down Adrian and give Britain the gold and their first win over the U.S. in the event. Despite the U.S. loss, the Americans topped the medals table in the swimming events with 27 medals, 14 of them golds. Australia was second in the standings with 19 medals and five golds while Great Britain finished seventh with seven medals, three of them gold all won by Adam Peaty who also broke his 100m breaststroke world record.

Aussies seal T20 to continue Ashes series whitewash

Australia clinched the Twenty20 portion of the Women’s Ashes with a comfortable seven-wicket win over England at Hove on Sunday. Tammy Beaumont top-scored with 43 from 39 balls as England posted a potentially competitive 121 for eight wickets on a slow pitch. With the Ashes already gone, England briefly had hope of a first series win when they

Meg Lanning and Elyse Perry celebrate Australia’s  T20 victory over England at Hove on Sunday

reduced the tourists to 35 for three. But captain Meg Lanning (43 not out) and Ellyse Perry (47 not out) saw the Aussies past their target with 13 balls to spare and only three wickets down. It means Australia take an overwhelming 12-2 lead on points in the multi-format series, with just one game remaining – in Bristol on Wednesday – giving them the chance of going through the entire tour without losing a game. At Lord’s on Friday, England bowled Ireland out for 38 to win the four-day Test by 143 runs and avoid being on the end of a stunning upset. Ireland, playing only their third Test, were chasing 182 for a famous win, only to be demolished by Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad in perfect conditions for seam bowling. In the damp and gloom and with the floodlights on, Woakes swung the ball for six for 17 and Broad nipped it around for four for 19. At one stage, three wickets fell for no runs and the last nine for 18 as Ireland registered the seventh lowest total in Test history and the lowest at Lord’s. The bowling performance masked the deficiencies of their batsmen, who collapsed in each innings and were reliant on 92 from nightwatchman Jack Leach on Thursday. Indeed, their first-innings total of 85 was the lowest to win a Test for 112 years. The victory was not the ideal tune-up for Ashes series against Australia which starts at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Basilashvili wins Hamburg Open for second year

Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili won the Hamburg European Open for a second consecutive year, beating Andrey Rublev 7-5 4-6 6-3 in the final on Sunday. Fourth seed Basilashvili won 81 per cent of his first-serve points and converted 26 forehand winners to record his 12th straight win on Hamburg clay, which includes 10 main draw victories. The 27-year-old has now lifted three tour-level titles, with his other triumph coming in Beijing last year. World No.16 Basilashvili, who saved two match points in his semi-final win over world No.5 Alexander Zverev, broke Rublev twice early in the final set and maintained the advantage to seal victory in just over two hours. With the win, Basilashvili became the first player since Roger Federer in 2005 to claim back-to-back Hamburg crowns. Russian youngster Rublev failed to add to his maiden title triumph in 2017 in Umag but was pleased with his impressive run this week, which included a straight sets win over top seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals.

Koepka wins WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational

Rory McIlroy was unable to convert his overnight lead into victory at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational on Sunday as Brooks Koepka won to further demonstrate why he is the world’s best player. Northern Ireland’s McIlroy, 30, carded a final-round 71 to end up five shots adrift of American Koepka, who shot 65. Koepka, 29, who has won four majors in the past two years, finished at 16 under 264. English pair Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick tied for fourth alongside McIlroy on 11 under. American Webb Simpson shot a final-day 64 – the day’s lowest tally – to finish second, one shot ahead of Australian Marc Leishman. Spanish world No.8 Jon Rahm, who led after the opening round, ended on 10 under, with England’s Ian Poulter one shot further back. McIlroy hoped to bounce back from his nightmare at the Open by winning the prestigious WGC title in a top-class field in Memphis. An eight-under third round of 62 on Saturday saw McIlroy lead Koepka by a shot going into the final round. But the four-time major winner, who missed the cut in front of home support at Royal Portrush last week, saw his slender advantage quickly disappear as the American birdied the par-five third to move alongside his playing partner. With his third victory of the season, Koepka wrapped up the regular-season points title a week early and claimed a $2 million bonus from the Wyndham Rewards programme. He is assured of going into the FedEx Cup playoffs as the No. 1 seed. His win earned earned him $1.745 million.

It’s all go for Ko at the Evian Championship

South Korea’s Ko Jin-young continued her sensational season by winning her second major of the year in a two-shot victory at the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains on Sunday.  Ko, 24, earned her first major success at the ANA Inspiration and added another with a final round 67 at the wet Haute-Savoie course  to finish 15 under. Ko is leading the LPGA Tour this year, having also won one other title and posted seven top-10 finishes. Overnight leader Kim Hyo-joo finished two shots back after a two-over 73. World No1 Park Sung-hyun, who trailed Kim by a shot going into

South Korea’s Ko Jin-young on her way to winning the Evian Championship in France on Sunday

Sunday’s final round in France, finished five shots adrift of Ko after an error-strewn 75. Kim, the 2014 champion, sunk birdies on the eighth and 11th, wiping out a bogey on the third, to help her stay ahead of the pack. But she had problems when her ball was plugged in a greenside bunker on the par-three 14th, leaving with a triple-bogey six which allowed Ko to take control. World N0.2 Ko moved within a shot of her compatriot with back-to-back birdies on six and seven, with further gains on 10 and 13 helping her overtake her playing partner. Ko’s patience approach throughout paid dividends and from that point she continued to look assured, sinking a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th as she confidently closed out victory without dropping a shot.

St Helens face Warrington in Challenge Cup final

Super League runaway leaders St Helens beat part-time side Halifax 18-2 in the Challenge Cup semi-finals on Saturday and will meet Warrington Wolves in the final after they beat Hull FC 22-14.  St Helens went into the break only six points ahead but wrapped it up after the interval against the Championship team with tries from Dominique Peyroux, Jonny Lomax and Theo Fages. While it will be St Helens first final since 2008, Warrington set up a third appearance in four seasons in their defeat of Hull FC. Tries from Bryson Goodwin and Ben Currie saw Wolves edge a tense first half, but Marc Sneyd’s boot and Bureta Faraimo’s try kept Hull in touch. Toby King extended Warrington’s lead only for Scott Taylor’s reply for Hull to ensure a tense finale. But Joe Philbin went over to secure a Wembley final. Last year’s winners, Catalans Dragons, were thrashed 51-8 in the quarter-finals by Hull FC.

Enable wins King George in epic duel 

Enable became the first horse to regain the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes crown at Ascot as she edged out Crystal Ocean in an epic duel. The 8-15 favourite, ridden by Frankie Dettori for trainer John Gosden, went head to head with the runner-up for two

Enable holds off Crystal Ocean in an epic duel to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

furlongs of a classic racing battle. Crystal Ocean, the Sir Michael Stoute runner ridden by James Doyle, briefly headed Enable but she fought back. Waldgeist was third as 2017 winner Enable clocked up an 11th straight win. Delighted Dettori had called his mount “the darling of racing” before the mile-and-a-half contest, worth £1.25m in prize money, and said to her after victory by a neck: “I love you baby.” “I’m exhausted, emotionally exhausted too. I’m lost for words. She is loved by everyone,” said Dettori as the five-year-old mare enjoyed a rapturous reception after a ninth consecutive Group One triumph.

Catalans sign Aussie international James Maloney

Australian World Cup-winning half-back James Maloney will join Catalans Dragons next season. The 33-year-old has agreed a three-year deal in Perpignan after being allowed to leave Penrith Panthers. He is the first player to join the club under the marquee player rule which allows the first £150,000 of wages to not count against the salary cap. Maloney has played 14 State of Origin games for New South Wales

James Maloney is to join the Catalans Dragons

and won two NRL Grand Finals. He has three caps for Australia, one of them during the last World Cup when he played in a group game against Lebanon. “James is a huge signing for both the Catalans Dragons and the Super League competition,” Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara told the club website. “He is quite simply a winner, a great player with outstanding game management skills. “As the current NSW stand-off this is a real coup for us. Having coached Jimmy during my time as an assistant coach at the Roosters, I know full well the huge impact he will have both on and off the field.”

Quotes of the weekend:

“Colombia already had won the Giro d’Italia and La Vuelta a Espana, but the Tour was missing and it’s a great honour to think that I’m the one achieving this.” – Egan Bernal on his pride after winning the Tour de France for his country on Sunday.

“I don’t think there will ever be an instance where I get two silvers and six golds and be upset,” – American swimmer Caeleb Dressel, after Great Britain deprived him of a seventh gold in a shock defeat of the U.S team in the 400m medley relay final at the FINA World Swimming Championships.

 For reports on all the weekend sporting events go to: 

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Calendar Keynotes: 29 July – 4 August

Monday, 29 July

Tennis: ATP & WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 4 August), ATP Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel, Los Cabos, Mexico (till 4 August).

Tuesday, 30 July

Tennis: ATP & WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 4 August), ATP Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel, Los Cabos, Mexico (till 4 August).

Wednesday, 31 July

Cricket: Women’s International Twenty 20 series – England v Australia, Bristol (Australia lead 2-0).

Tennis: ATP & WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 4 August), ATP Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel, Los Cabos, Mexico (till 4 August).

Thursday, 1 August

Cricket: Ashes series – England v Australia, 1st Test, Edgbaston, Birmingham (till 5 August).

Rugby League: Super League – Hull FC v Wigan Warriors. Tennis: ATP & WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 4 August), ATP Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel, Los Cabos, Mexico (till 4 August).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina, US (till 4 August), Ladies Major Championships, AIG Women’s British Open, Woburn GC Little Brickhill, Milton Keynes (till 4 August).

Friday, 2 August   

Formula One: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest (till 4 August).

Cricket: Ashes series – England v Australia, 1st Test, Edgbaston, Birmingham (till 5 August).

Rugby League: Super League – Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos, St Helens v Wakefield Trinity.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 4 August), ATP Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel, Los Cabos, Mexico (till 4 August).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina, US (till 4 August), Ladies Major Championships, AIG Women’s British Open, Woburn GC Little Brickhill, Milton Keynes (till 4 August).

Saturday, 3 August  

Football: Scottish Premiership – Celtic v St Johnstone, Hibernian v St Mirren, Livingston v Motherwell, Ross County v Hamilton Academical. Formula One: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest (till 4 August).

Formula One: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest (till 4 August).

Cricket: Ashes series – England v Australia, 1st Test, Edgbaston, Birmingham (till 5 August).

Rugby League: Super League – Catalans Dragons v Warrington Wolves.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 4 August), ATP Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel, Los Cabos, Mexico (till 4 August).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina, US (till 4 August), Ladies Major Championships, AIG Women’s British Open, Woburn GC Little Brickhill, Milton Keynes (till 4 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Clasica Cyclista de Sebastian, Spain, UCI World Tour – Tour de Pologne (till 9 August).

Sunday, 4 August  

Football: FA Community Shield – Liverpool v Manchester City, Scottish Premiership – Kilmarnock v Rangers, Aberdeen v Hearts. Formula One: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest (race day).

Formula One: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest (till 4 August).

Cricket:  Ashes series – England v Australia, 1st Test, Edgbaston, Birmingham (till 5 August).

Rugby League: Super League – Hull KR v Castleford Tigers, London Broncos v Salford Red Devils.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (final day), ATP Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel, Los Cabos, Mexico (final day).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina, US (final day), Ladies Major Championships, AIG Women’s British Open, Woburn GC Little Brickhill, Milton Keynes (final day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Tour de Pologne (till 9 August). Motorcycling : MotoGP rd10, Czech Republic Grand Prix, Brno.